Why was britain the first country to industrialize? What, specifically, made this country ripe for change and revolution?

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The origins of England's Industrial Revolution have been hotly debated by historians but all agree that the population boom of the eighteenth century was an important starting point. As the number of people steadily increased, there was a constant pressure to produce more goods, particularly foodstuffs and clothes, which prompted the necessary technological innovations to make this happen. The Spinning Jenny and the Water Frame are two good examples. Arguably, such inventions could never have come into existence without a steady supply of skilled artisans - which England had in high numbers - and without the entrepreneurial spirit to improve technology and to make money - which England had in abundance.

Finally, England's well-developed infrastructure certainly helped the nation to industrialise. It had the necessary canal and road networks, for instance, alongside a strong central bank and high wages.

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